Junior College Receiver Has Visit Scheduled With San Diego Chargers

One of the biggest sleepers in the draft could be Sierra College wide receiver Courtney Gardner. Never heard of Sierra College? That’s because it is a Junior College. Never heard of Courtney Gardner? Because he was beasting over Junior College cats instead of playing against top competition.

Now Gardner is looking to step his game up by entering the NFL draft. He was going to go to Oklahoma, but he was having trouble academically. If Gardner was able to transfer to Oklahoma, he could have been a top prospect next season like Cordarelle Patterson.

Gardner is an intriguing possibility for teams with his size and speed. Gardner stands at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and was a track athlete also. He showed big playa ability, but the competition is in question.

Gardner does have a visit scheduled with the San Diego Chargers coming up. Philip Rivers does like those big targets and could use as many weapons as he can. Gardner is going to be a late round possibility. Nobody knows how he will adjust to the NFL, but in the late rounds, it may be worth taking a flier on the big kid that has all the right tools to be a good player.

Would you be willing to spend a 5th rounder on this project?

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  • Cgoodness13

    He looks more like a Arena league player :/

  • RussinSactown

    How is the wonderlick score? Beating JC players and interpreting an NFL playbook are apples and oranges. Also, academic trouble in junior college? Danger Will Robinson!

    • arnie

      In that case, he’s rookie free agent pick up, for the practice squad. Let him earn that first. But there aren’t that many road scholars that came out of big colleges anyway. They get A LOT of tutoring. Beside he’s tall and fast, and the NFL tends to overlook the other stuff, if you have those qualities.

      • RussinSactown

        I’m not saying Megatron should go to Med School but there is a jump between a Junior college playbook and Division 1 college ball. And another quantum jump between that and the NFL. If Junior college is kicking his ass, then bringing him in as a rookie free agent is the best call.

        • arnie

          i hear what your saying. bad study habits are a good indicator, that he may struggle studying the play book, in the NFL.

  • Sergio Quintero

    You have to find creative ways to get extra value late in the draft, if you can get a 2nd round talent in the 5th round, that doesn’t sound bad to me.

  • Rob Base

    I know exactly who your talking about he goes to college up in Roseville that’s about 30 min from where I live. Dude is fast but I don’t know if he’s worth a fifth rounder.

  • tbell11

    I’d much rather have WR Kenny Stills in round 5 if available, but this guy looks like a 6th rounder to me. Some of these plays that he took to the house wouldn’t happen in the nfl, but having the talent to do so is rare. Also, the QB seems to be making a lot of good throws, what about him lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

      Maybe a 7 th rounder even… Or, undrafted rookie. We can’t take chances this year.

  • Tom Spalsbury

    This kid has Charger written all over him.He’s the next V.Jax. Orn better yet he’s the Gardner.

    • arnie

      Are saying this is an aj pick? Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Maybe wouldn’t hurt to see what he can do, but like tbell11 has stated–some of those JC plays won’t happen in the NFL. Also what is the issue on the trouble in JC? Sure the Chargers are checking all this out.

  • arnie

    Nice kid. Is it true he came to terms with the dolphins?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Reading that an Andrew Gardner signed with the Dolphins but the article was dated 2009. It is coming up down below. This article is about a Courtney Gardner.

      Can’t find anything that Courtney Gardner signed or has a tentative agreement with anybody. Plus I think he still has to go through the draft–and that is his goal.

      • arnie

        My bad….LOL

  • HagenDaze

    Be sure to ask him about his legal problems.

  • JoseSD

    Most of those plays look like the type of plays you see of in high school when one player just dominates the competition looking like a man amongst boys. These defenders are terrible. You have to question his ability to digest an NFL playbook if he is having academic trouble at the JC level. Most of these plays won’t fly in the NFL he takes a screen and makes them look foolish. That won’t happen much in the NFL, except for 4th and 29. And how is his route running? Seems like it was mainly screens and go routes he was running

  • Olu Amure

    I thought no projects!!

    Quit with the pipe dreams and get solid players who can help, we have already tried a project with Demetrius Byrd who never even saw the field…

    If there is nothing worth wile in the 7th then maybe but this is not a time for playing around!

    Aj has messed up the team for the immediate future so we have not got the luxury to f$*k about.

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